YMSL National is a non-profit organization that initiates and encourages young men and their mothers to pursue philanthropic involvement in their community and provides an opportunity to enhance mother/son relationships.

Welcome to YMSL Redwood Chapter

We invite you to find out more about the YMSL Redwood chapter by contacting our Membership VP, Deborah Balfanz via email at: dbalfanz(AT)stanford.edu.
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Launched in 2012, YMSL Redwood is the second YMSL chapter in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our members are from the communities of San Carlos, Redwood City, Menlo Park, and surrounding areas. Current membership includes 100+ mothers and their high school-aged sons.

The 3 Pillars of YMSL:
Philanthropy, Leadership & Education

YMSL focuses on providing teenage boys with the opportunities to volunteer in the community alongside their mothers, improve their leadership skills, and develop new life skills. In addition to philanthropy work, boys attend five meetings a year with their grade level. Meetings are designed to expand their knowledge and experience in a variety of topics including practical life skills, social skills, civic responsibility and philanthropy. Additionally, each mother and son holds a position of responsibility in the chapter.

YMSL Redwood works with a wide array of philanthropies including American Cancer Society, Bike Exchange, Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula, Family Connections, Grassroots Ecology, LifeMoves, Meals on Wheels, My New Red Shoes, Random Acts of Flowers, Save the Bay, Special Olympics, St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room, There With Care, Village Harvest, and Webster House.

Requirements and Responsibilitie

  • Membership is a 4-year commitment beginning freshman year of high school
  • Members serve a minimum of 20 hours per year of community service, with a majority of the hours served together as a mother/son team.
  • All mothers and sons are required to participate in leadership positions or committee assignments.
  • Boys are required to attend 5 of 7 boys' yearly meetings and mothers are required to attend 3 mothers' meetings per year.


Class of 2019

Class of 2019